Astricon 2017

Fred Posner, Astricon 2017

This year, as usual, I am honored to again be speaking at Astricon — the annual telecommunication conference celebrating all things Asterisk (as well as other open source VoIP).

I love Astricon and look forward to the conference every year.

This year, Astricon 2017 returns to Orlando and will be held October 3-5, 2017. You’ll have the opportunity to meet incredible members of the Asterisk community– as well as members from projects such as FreePBX, Kamailio, FreeSWITCH, and more.

You gain knowledge, make new friends, and just have a great time. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Hurricane Irma: All Clear

Cupcake candle`

TL/DR; We’re all good. No damage to the house (that we can see), power is back, Internet is back — we are very fortunate.


We started feeling some wind Sunday evening and the rain hadn’t let up since Saturday night. We received more than 12 inches of rain.

We lost power on Sunday, regained it, and then lost it hard at 1am Monday morning. The bakery lost power 11pm Sunday night. Yeni has the coolest cupcake candle, so all was good.

The hardest winds hit us around 6:30am Monday morning and we were very, very lucky. No trees hit us, although the neighborhood had it’s share of large, downed pines. Branches did come down, everywhere — but none seemed to have damaged any part of the home.

We did a quick clean-up and all looks good. Family is fine.

The bakery power was restored around 2pm and everything looks fine. The home power was restored around 6pm.

Gainesville has some major flooding but we faired well. The house is in an optimal location for this and avoided the flooding. Our biggest fear remains trees… and we lucked out.

Thanks for all your concern… Now to get back to work and to prepare my Kamailio presentation for Astricon.

Pre-storm local wildlife hanging out on our fence.
Pre-storm local wildlife hanging out on our fence.
Yeni and I checking out the neighborhood
Yeni and I checking out the neighborhood
Leaves everywhere
Leaves everywhere
Big Boy needs a Big Raincoat
Big Boy needs a Big Raincoat

Irma Path Updated

This morning (2017-09-09), Irma has decided to take a westwardly stroll towards the gulf. This is very good news for South Florida, but less exciting for us here in North Florida. Not good news for Tampa area.

For Gainesville, we now have an increased amount of wind expected. Although higher than we’d like, it still is much less than anything the islands would have experienced.

The good thing about Gainesville is we have an incredible amount of trees to help break up the wind. The bad thing? We have an incredible amount of trees that can fall down (blocking roads, hitting homes, etc.).

Here’s the thing… predicting the path of a hurricane is extremely difficult. The models change constantly. What we go by this morning will not be what we think tomorrow. It could get better… it could get worse. Like everything, time will tell. Best we can do is prepare.

We do not plan to evacuate at this time as the conditions do not warrant leaving.

He have a house full… my parents, Yeni’s parents, Yeni’s Aunt and Uncle, as well as her cousin. There’s a small dog here. Wifi has 41 devices. I reserve comment.

Next update: whenever.

NWS update for Gainesville
NWS update for Gainesville

Riding Out the Storm

Hurricane Irma and Jose

Sometimes a blog post is an easy way of giving a group update…

Last night the track for Hurricane Irma places Gainesville, Florida in the path of the storm. This, of course, has some friends and family a little worried— which is a great problem for us to have. It’s an amazing feeling to know people care for you.

So, first, let’s discuss Gainesville, Florida. Gainesville (where Yeni and I live) is located in North Central Florida… an area I like to call the armpit of Florida. Here’s where we are on the map (Alachua County is in orange, and then the blow-up of the county shows the City of Gainesville in red):

Gainesville, Florida and Alachua County
Gainesville, Florida and Alachua County

See why I call it the armpit?

Anyway, Gainesville happens to be one of the 10 safest cities in Florida for hurricanes (we’re ranked number 9) [source1] [source2]. This doesn’t mean that everything will be awesome. What it means is that traditionally, Gainesville fairs well during storms.

Our biggest threats here are trees (falling down). After a good storm, it’s common to see trees down and blocking roadways. Since we still have a tremendous amount of power lines above ground here, it’s also common for power outages (and Internet outages). Yes, sometimes trees fall into houses, on cars, and worse.

I’ve lived in Gainesville since 1990 and have been through a few storms in the last 27 years… I chose the location of our house based on some of the flooding I’ve seen in the area (we’re at the top part of a hill). We had a new roof put on a few years ago and a handy dandy wind mitigation survey as well.

We don’t have storm shutters… but again, wind isn’t our biggest fear in this area and it is very uncommon to have storm shutters in Gainesville. I digress.

Based on the wind speed expected to hit us on Sunday and Monday, we have decided (currently) to ride out the storm in our home. We don’t have our feet buried and leave our options open… if the storm forecast changes (and it will), we may choose to head North.

People in Florida are freaking out… I’ve never seen such lines at gas stations, craziness at stores, and traffic throughout the entire time I’ve lived in this great State (and yes, I love this state). This morning, Yeni and I had to hit Walmart for some string (cake thing) and the mobs of people even took all the bananas. Well, almost all the bananas.

https://twitter.com/YenitaK/status/906096990295138304

Right now, we expect to be without power (and Internet) for a bit and are hoping for the best. If we change our plans, I’ll update… probably first on twitter.

Mitel Thinks Knowledge is a Risk

Recently, Mitel posted to their corporate blog the Six Major Risks of Open Source Phone Systems. I love when companies do this sort of scare tactic piece and, like many others I’m sure, I clicked the bait and read their article…

Before going off on the piece, please allow me to present the (according to Mitel) six MAJOR risks of open source phone systems:

  1. Knowledge
  2. Support
  3. Product roadmap
  4. Customization
  5. Licensing
  6. Security

Now, the only one which sounds like a risk to me is Security… so let’s attack that one first.  Continue reading “Mitel Thinks Knowledge is a Risk”

New Year, New Profile

Welcomed 2017 with a new profile pic, posted here in it’s OMG did you need a profile shot that big glory:

Fred Posner 2017
Fred Posner 2017 Profile Pic

I’ve used a few profile shots over the years… from cartoons to Brooklyn, more cartoons to shots of me and the Mrs at Disney…

It’s nice to go through and see the changes… maybe not so much the increasing size and grey… but nice nonetheless.

Make America Sick Again

Ugh… please tell me you’re sick of the two party system. My wish for the New Year would be for people to open their eyes and look outside a two-party system that has sucked the marrow from our country’s life.

I haven’t even started, and I already have digressed.

Anyway… today, the buzz around town is the Democratic response to the Republican (apparent) repeal of the Affordable Care Act. I’ve not been a supporter of the ACA, and when I wrote about this back in 2010, I never imagined the costs would be even worse than I had projected. Continue reading “Make America Sick Again”